Media Coverage

April 2018: Dr. Peña's son, Diego Peña, is the focus of the Ventura County Star article, "Camarillo boy, 10, shares his story of autism with Ventura College students.”  

April 2018: The Ventura County Reporter featured Dr. Peña and her son, Diego, in the article, "Working it Out: Unique Programs for People with Autism Help Build Strength, Social Connections."

December 2017: Dr. Peña is quoted in the Ventura County Star about a "6-year-old Oxnard Girl Who Visits Santa for the First Time" to discuss sensory issues experienced by students with autism. 

December 2016: Ventura County Reporter featured Dr. Peña's son in the article, "Local Youth Dream Big, Achieve Great Results," highlighting what it means to be a person with autism and twice exceptional. 

December 2016: featured an article, "Breakthrough Communication Apps Give Hope to Autistic Students," about Dr. Peña's new research project that studies a brain-computer interface as a mode of communication for people with disabilities. 

July 2016: Radio station KCLU recorded a podcast to announce the launch of the new Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University. 

December 2015: The Ventura County Star newspaper quoted Dr. Peña in an article titled, "California Lutheran, CSU Channel Islands among colleges welcoming more students with autism

March 2013: Dr. Peña was featured in the Ventura County Star to promote the Autism Society of Ventura County (ASVC) Aut2Run event. Dr. Peña has been involved with ASVC since 2010.  

September 2012: The Ventura County Star newspaper quoted Dr. Peña in an article titled "Programs Help Autistic Students Succeed in College."   

April 2012: The Autism Society of Ventura County (ASVC) awarded Dr. Peña and her husband, Damien, an "Awesome in Autism Award" for Parents of the Year. They received the award at the Reach for the Stars benefit on April 21st. For more information (ASVC), please visit:

January 2012: Dr. Peña's journey with her son's diagnosis and her emerging research on autism is documented in an article, titled Making Way for Diego, in CLU Magazine

January 2012: The Camarillo Acorn Newspaper featured Dr. Peña's story of advocacy in the article, "What it Takes to Navigate the System"